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about the civil war in syria. we'll talk about the royal baby coming soon. first we want to get right to zoraida sambolin for an update on the day's top stories. >> soledad, the fiscal cliff debacle, with 28 days remaining before drastic tax hikes and spending cuts take effect, a republican spending plan has been rejected by the white house. brianna keilar is live from washington. what now, brianna? >> well, right now it's about the pressure building and the clock kicking, zoraida. as house republicans in the white house try to ultimately broker a deal between two very different plans. house speaker john boehner's counteroffer, if you take a look at the headlines from this $800 billion in what would be savings from tax reform. so that is new tax revenue. but not done by increasing income tax rate on the wealthiest. but instead by closing tax loopholes, eliminating tax credits. and also $600 billion in health savings. that's what you'd get from entitlement reform. from reforming medicare, and doing some cuts there under this plan. but compare it to the white house plan, very different
legitimacy. those killed in the violence wednesday. turkey's border with syria right now. this morning, russia's foreign minister said his country will brain storm with the united states and others on how to end the civil war in syria. top u.s. officials are concerned that the assad regime may opt to use chemical weapons against the rebels. >> the intelligence that we have raises serious concerns that this is being considered. >> president obama has warned syria not to use chemical weapons and reminded syria that, quote, the world is watching. >>> "new york times" reporting this morning. speak of the house wants to solve the fiscal crisis face to face with the president. we are 25 days away from the massive tax hikes. and congress breaks for the holidays in seven days. john boehner is asking top democrats in the house and senate to step aside so he and the president can negotiate one on one. cnn has not confirmed this report as of yet. >>> people have different skill sets at different times. that's how new jersey governor chris christie explained his post-sandy praise for president oba
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